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Project JubileeĀ®

The early Jewish tradition of Jubilee is based on returning leased land to its original owner, freeing slaves and forgiving some debts. Traditionally, this was done when seven sabbatical cycles had passed (49 years). This biblical legislation was used to address problems related to justice and the rights of people and was designed to give everybody the opportunity for a “clean slate”. 

In the spirit of the idea behind this Jewish tradition, CAN has started Project Jubilee®. The concept for CAN is not legislative; rather, it is one based on thanksgiving and grace. Project Jubilee® signifies a process by which God's people return that which belongs to God to those who are either in debt, enslaved, or without property. Through such a practice, the needs of the Fatherless are met and God is honored.

The concept of Project Jubilee® is to take resources (i.e. time, skills, services, materials) from businesses, churches and individuals, who desire to systematically give, and place them in the hands of those who are without but with a specific need. To follow in the spirit of cycles of seven, CAN asks donors to commit to donations every 7th week, month, or year.

The hallmarks of Project Jubilee® are:

  • Need. CAN asks its members to identify their needs and justify the use of the donation. Needed items can range from perishables to non-perishables and include things such as clothing, machinery, school supplies, food, computers, services, etc.;
  • Stewardship. Once the need is identified, CAN makes sure its members have a clear plan on how they will take care of the resource and how it will be used to its maximum potential. Random audits are performed to ensure good stewardship;
  • Sustainability (Preservation/Maintenance). One key factor in giving is the issue of sustainability. Items are not donated unless a model is in place that will protect the investment. If the donation creates additional administrative, operational, or financial expenses, without a plan for sustainability, the item will not be donated. Every effort is made to provide sustainability tools along with that which is being donated;
  • Metrics. Items or services are donated with the intention of assisting, alleviating, sustaining, and improving a specific area for an explicit purpose. CAN is committed to measuring the impact of Project Jubilee® donations and providing donors with meaningful metrics and accountability.

The outcomes of this program allow CAN to procure needed materials and services for its members, but also allow CAN to maximize the investments made by donors. As part of Project Jubilee®, and in keeping with the philosophy of CAN, it is the general practice to maintain the anonymity for all donations in an effort to protect the donor. In practice, a letter of appreciation is sent from the donee organization to CAN, and CAN, in turn, provides the letter to the donor. CAN alsoinforms the donor on how the gift was used, and provide updates and pictures. In some instances, the donor may want to create and maintain a relationship with the donee organization.